Coming off a win on Friday night, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team was in action again Saturday in their series finale against the Lake Superior State Lakers. Notre Dame came out strong on offense, scoring six goals and coming away with the victory. It could have been more if not for some stellar saves from Lakers goaltender Roman Bengert.
Notre Dame controlled the game early and had several chances to take the lead but just couldn’t capitalize. Eventually a defensive breakdown from Notre Dame allowed Collin Saccoman an uncontested chance against Cale Morris, which he converted for the first goal of the game and a Lakers lead. Late in the period, on their third power play of the game, Cal Burke was finally able to find the back of the net for the Irish and tie the game at one. Less than 30 seconds later the Irish struck again, this time it was freshman Trevor Janicke with the first goal of his collegiate career off a rebound in front of goal. The lead wouldn’t hold though as Notre Dame allowed Yuki Miura another clear chance at goal that he put off the crossbar and in, ending the first period tied at two.
Notre Dame wasted no time in the second period, regaining the lead on a Spencer Stastney goal less than a minute in. At the eight minute mark though Notre Dame surrendered the lead for the second time when Saccoman scored on the power play for his second goal of the game. Just a few minutes later Jake Pivonka gave Notre Dame the lead back and this time it would hold.
Notre Dame continued to push the game on offense and halfway through the period effectively ended the game. Mike O’Leary scored two goals at the eight and fourteen minute marks and Notre Dame held a 6-3 lead. Lake Superior State added a fourth goal late in the period but the Irish defense was able to hold on to secure the win.
Lake Superior State: Collin Saccoman (2) at 9:42 in the 1st, assisted by Alex Ambrosio
Notre Dame: Cal Burke (4) on the PP at 18:16 in the 1st, assisted by Mike O’Leary and Matt Hellickson
Notre Dame: Trevor Janicke (1) at 18:32 in the 1st, assisted by Spencer Stastney and Jake Pivonka
Lake Superior State: Yuki Miura (2) at 19:03 in the 1st, assisted by Tyler Anderson and Hampus Eriksson
Notre Dame: Spencer Stastney (1) at 0:58 in the 2nd, assisted by Nate Clurman and Alex Steeves
Lake Superior State: Collin Saccoman (3) on the PP at 7:56 in the 2nd, assisted by Louis Boudon and Pete Veillette
Notre Dame: Jake Pivonka (2) at 11:21 in the 2nd, assisted by Trevor Janicke and Spencer Stastney
Notre Dame: Mike O’Leary (3) on the PP at 8:30 in the 3rd, assisted by Colin Theisen and Cal Burke
Notre Dame: Mike O’Leary (4) at 14:31 in the third, assisted by Colin Theisen and Cal Burke
Lake Superior State: Will Riedell (2) at 15:51 in the third, assisted by Alex Ambrosio and Miroslav Mucha
Lake Superior State: Hampus Eriksson, 2:00 for boarding at 4:57 in the 1st
Lake Superior State: Max Humitz, 2:00 for tripping at 13:01 in the 1st
Lake Superior State: Dustin Mainz, 2:00 for holding at 18:03 in the 1st
Notre Dame: Pierce Crawford, 2:00 for interference at 6:15 in the 2nd
Lake Superior State: Arvid Henrikson, 2:00 for interference at 8:31 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Matt Steeves, 2:00 for cross-checking at 13:31 in the 2nd
Lake Superior State: Hampus Eriksson, 2:00 for elbowing at 15:37 in the 2nd
Notre Dame: Nick Leivermann, 2:00 for tripping at 1:55 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Colin Theisen, 2:00 for hooking at 4:58 in the 3rd
Lake Superior State: Will Riedell, 2:00 for hooking at 8:05 in the 3rd
Notre Dame: Jesse Lansdell, 2:00 for contact to the head at 11:04 in the third
Notre Dame: Cale Morris made 29 saves on 33 shots for the win in his first start of the season
Lake Superior State: Roman Bengert made 24 saves on 30 shots in his first career start
Notre Dame travels to Minneapolis next weekend for their first road trip and first Big Ten series of the season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.